Why the jury’s out on Rally Chile’s WRC return

The SPIN, The Rally Pod team debate about Chile's inclusion instead of Argentina


The 2023 World Rally Championship schedule has finally been ratified, and there’s plenty of change with no less than three slots switching.

Rally México, Rally Chile and the all-new Central European Rally are in. Ypres Rally, Rally New Zealand and Rally Spain are out.

And while the re-inclusion of México for the first time since 2020 and the first ever tri-nation WRC event have largely been lauded, the jury remains out on the voyage to Chile next fall.

Not because Chile’s a bad rally, but because its presence on the calendar comes at the cost of Rally Argentina.

For several marketing and logistical reasons, hosting two South American rounds in the WRC next year just wasn’t viable – unlike in 2019 where the championship made the trip across the Andes from Argentina to Chile.

So was Chile the right call for 2023, or should the WRC have returned to the more historic and storied Argentina instead?

That’s one of the many talking points on this week’s calendar-focused edition of SPIN, The Rally Pod.

Join the discussion with host Lisa O’Sullivan, David Evans, George Donaldson and Luke Barry, and find out how you can make your calendar voice heard very soon too.